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Old 06-09-2011, 02:19 PM
 
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A lot of them are too afraid to. They probably figure that they should believe in God just in case.
Either that (I think you're implying they want to avoid hell) or they don't believe in hell at all, but just don't want to disappoint family members (so they're avoiding hell on earth).

My extended family is deeply religious. I've been an atheist for most of my adulthood, but only recently "came out" to my immediate family, because I didn't want to add to my mom's Xanax intake.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Either that (I think you're implying they want to avoid hell) or they don't believe in hell at all, but just don't want to disappoint family members (so they're avoiding hell on earth).
It isn't just about wanting to avoid hell or disappointing family members. Imagine you die and go to meet God. He gives you this dirty look and says "so you didn't think I was real, huh?" That could be an awkward moment. It's like going to a job interview where the hiring manager has heard you badmouthing him before you go there.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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Saying you believe in God could mean anything.

I don't see how it's a big deal, unless we're talking about fanatics.
Good point!
To some, God is a Grandpa in the sky.
To some, God is the Universe.
To some, God is Love.
To some, God is Obsessions, like this forum.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:54 AM
 
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Good point!
To some, God is a Grandpa in the sky.
To some, God is the Universe.
To some, God is Love.
To some, God is Obsessions, like this forum.
An obsession shared by both crowds. However, I cannot believe the amount people that espouse they believe in no God but obsess about God all the days long. It's creepy.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:23 AM
 
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I believe but I'm pretty much in every demographic category with the least percentage of belief.

Men
18 to 29
Postgraduate education
East
Liberals
Democrats (only this one is beaten by one percent by Independents)
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:29 AM
 
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It's a much better bargain than placing your trust in man.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:20 AM
 
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It's a much better bargain than placing your trust in man.
Only if it's all true, which to date there is no evidence proving there are any gods.

Believing may make people feel better but break it all down, all the religion, all the pomp and ceremony, all the 'holy' books, and you will find it is all suspiciously man-made like.

Is it really a better bargain placing your trust in man in the guise of a god?
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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This thread reminds me of another joke.

I am a crack dealer in Wetaskiwin, Alberta who has a
steady flow of customers from the nearby junior high
schools. My parents live in a suburb of Ponoka, and one of
my sisters, who lives in Hobbema, is married to a Native
transvestite. My father and mother have recently been
arrested for growing and selling marijuana in Camrose, and are
currently dependent on my other two sisters, who are prostitutes
in Calgary.
I have two brothers. One is currently serving a non-parole life
sentence in Drumheller for the murder of a teenage boy in
1994. The other brother is currently in jail awaiting
charges of sexual misconduct with his children in Bowden.
I have recently become engaged to marry a former Cold Lake
prostitute who lives in Smokey Lake and is still a part-time
"working girl" in a brothel there..
All things considered, my main problem is this:
I love my fiance and look forward to bringing her into the
family. I certainly want to be totally honest with her.
Should I tell her about my cousin, who is a member of the


Liberal Party???
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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A joke?

Wait, here's the real issue:

Liberal comedians are funny. (Jon Stewart, Colbert, Carlin, Chappelle)

Conservatives are not funny. (Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy)

If you want to tell a joke, perhaps work on your comedy skills first.
I don't get it. Dennis and Jeff are pretty damn funny.
Larry is too, but not as good as Jeff and Dennis.

And what any of this Conservative v Liberal crap has to do with the OP is beyond me.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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And what any of this Conservative v Liberal crap has to do with the OP is beyond me.
It has to do with one poster taking issue with atheists who complain about those who are believers. He likened it how conservatives don't let things bother them, but liberals do. Problem is that he completely misrepresented how liberals think and forgot to mention that conservatives are just as likely to complain about people who are different than them.
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